So I’m having a bit of a problem with my cucumbers. The vines are growing nicely, I think, and the plants are flowering like crazy. And every so often I find a tiny new cucumber starting. The problem is that a few days later, I’ll look for that little cucumber and find it brown and shriveled.
I think that I’ve been watering the plants enough– at least once a day. I try to make sure that the soil never completely dries out. But as I admitted in an earlier post, I think that I might have too many plants in one pot. There’s something like 8 vines in the one pot.
So I need some advice. Would it be enough to start fertilizing the plants (perhaps with so many plants in one pot, they’ve used up the nutrients from the original fertilizer–which was supposed to be enough for 3 months–in the potting soil) or am I going to have to sacrifice some of the vines so that I can actually get good cucumbers?
UPDATE (30 June 2008): I have written a post about hand-pollinating cucumbers complete with photos: http://vegetablog.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/stop-shriveling-cucumbers/